I am an active member on several social forums of moms of kids with Autism. And just met another mom who was told the news I remember hearing so well. What a crushing day.
We knew, deep down inside, we knew something wasn't right. But we chalked it up to speech. He had constant ear infections, had tubes put it, developed a blood clot and had his tubes redone. But then his hearing test came back fine. So we had to rule out just hearing and speech.
His first eval was done at about 16 months. A day I will never forget. The way they broke it to us, the tears welling up in my eyes. The tears started pouring as I looked down at my happy little baby playing with toys. He didn't know. There was something wrong inside him and it would affect his whole life. He was so innocent. It wasn't fair. I am starting to cry right now just remembering it.
As usual, Gerald was there to support me. Guaranteed me we would get him the help he needed.